July 2nd, 2009
11:27 AM ET
5 years ago

Steele hits Obama on latest jobs numbers

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele issued a statement Thursday on the latest jobs report showing the unemployment rate has risen to 9.5 percent.

“June’s unemployment report shows a job loss of 467,000 and proves that the stimulus package is not a ‘Recovery Act.’ Today President Obama will hold another White House PR event with presidential spin instead of putting forth real world, free market solutions that will put Americans back to work. With the unemployment rate now at 9.5 percent and continuing to rise, Americans need real solutions that help them find work – not bigger government, higher taxes, increased federal spending and an unsustainable national debt.”

Filed under: Michael Steele
July 2nd, 2009
10:20 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: North Korea a very serious threat to the U.S.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A majority of Americans think that North Korea represents a very serious threat, and nearly three-quarters believe that country has missiles which could strike the United States, according to a new national poll.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that North Korea is arguably the biggest threat to the U.S. in the public's mind.

"Fifty-two percent say that country is a very serious threat, higher than the 43 percent who feel that way about Iran and much higher than the 20 percent who feel that way about China or the 11 percent who think Russia threatens the U.S," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

Nearly three out of four questioned in the poll believe North Korea has a missile that could reach at least as far as Hawaii. More than nine in 10 favor military action if North Korea does attempt to hit the U.S. with a missile.

North Korea test-fired a fourth short-range missile off its east coast Thursday, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. South Korea's Defense Ministry had earlier confirmed three launches, but could not immediately be reached about the fourth reported missile.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted June 26-28, before Thursday's test firings by North Korea. In the survey 1,026 adult Americans were questioned by telephone. The poll's sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: North Korea
July 2nd, 2009
09:44 AM ET
5 years ago

Republicans slam Dems over latest jobs report

Boehner and other Republicans say the latest jobs report is an indication the stimulus plan has not worked.
Boehner and other Republicans say the latest jobs report is an indication the stimulus plan has not worked.

(CNN) – Republicans are taking aim at their Democratic colleagues over the latest jobs report indicating unemployment has risen to 9.5 percent, calling it evidence the massive economic stimulus bill pushed by President Obama earlier this year has not worked.

"Today's employment report reminds us that spending, taxing, and borrowing with reckless abandon is no way to create more jobs, yet that is exactly what Democrats in charge of Washington have done all year long," House Minority Leader John Boehner said in a statement.  "Middle-class families and small businesses are hurting, and they're looking to Washington for real solutions that won't raise their taxes and drive future generations into even deeper debt."

The National Republican Congressional Committee also released a statement noting Obama administration officials once claimed the stimulus bill would contain the unemployment rate under 8 percent.

"Where are the stimulus-created jobs?" the NRCC asks.


Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
July 2nd, 2009
09:42 AM ET
5 years ago

GOP 'survey' slams Obama

(CNN) - RNC chairman Michael Steele sent supporters a link to a foreign policy survey Thursday. The poll, which is accompanied by a request for donations, includes the following questions, among others (possible answers include "yes", "no", and "no opinion"):

"Do you agree with Barack Obama's decision to close the dentition (sic) center in Guantanamo Bay and move some of the world's most dangerous terrorists to the United States?"

"Do you believe Barack Obama's apology tours of Europe and the Middle East has (sic) helped strengthen our national security?"

"Do you approve of the Obama Democrats' plan to give more than $100 billion in taxpayer funds to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) even though that money is likely to end up in the hands of tyrannical regimes?"

"Obama's handling of which region of the world worries you the most: (Click up to three choices): Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, Middle East, Central America, North America (Canada & Mexico), South America"

Last month, the RNC sent a similar domestic policy survey to supporters that included the questions "Do you agree with Barack Obama and the Democrats that taxes should be raised for the sake of 'fairness,' regardless of the negative impact it is likely to have on the economy?"; "Are you in favor of granting retroactive Social Security eligibility to illegal immigrants who gain U.S. citizenship through an amnesty program?"; and "Do you agree with Barack Obama that empathy, and not impartiality and the rule of law, should be a judge's guiding factor when deciding a case?"


Filed under: Michael Steele • RNC
July 2nd, 2009
09:00 AM ET
July 2nd, 2009
05:31 AM ET
4 years ago

White House releases staff salary list

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's salary has maxed out.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's salary has maxed out.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Top-level staff members of the Obama White House earn the same amount as their predecessors in the Bush administration, according to a report submitted to Congress Wednesday. The president announced the pay freeze on his first full day in office for White House employees earning more than $100,000.

The report, which a 1994 law requires be submitted annually to Senate and House oversight committees, shows 487 employees on the White House personnel list. Of those, 455 are employed directly by the White House, while an additional 32 are so-called "detailees" on loan from other federal agencies.

Among the actual employees, 122 staffers earn more than $100,000 annually, compared to 125 employees in the final year of the Bush administration. Twenty-two Obama White House staffers make the top possible salary of $172,200, compared to 18 employees who made that amount in the Bush White House.

View list of staffers making over $100,000

Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and press secretary Robert Gibbs both make the top amount, as did their Bush counterparts Joshua Bolten and Dana Perino. Other top Obama aides who earn the maximum salary are senior adviser David Axelrod, White House Counsel Gregory Craig, communications director Anita Dunn, speechwriting director Jonathan Favreau, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, National Security Adviser James Jones, and National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers.

The highest-paid White House staff member is Public Health Policy Director David Marcozzi, who earns $192,934. However, as a detailee from the Department of Health and Human Services, his salary is not paid directly by the White House.

Complete list published by the White House (PDF)


Filed under: President Obama • White House
July 2nd, 2009
05:30 AM ET
5 years ago

CNN Poll: Only one in eight say economic recovery underway

Americans aren't confident the economy is recovering.
Americans aren't confident the economy is recovering.

WASHINGTON (CNN)– A new national poll indicates that nearly half of all Americans think the economy has stabilized, but only one in eight believe that a recovery has started. And four in ten questioned in the CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday morning feel the country's still in an economic downturn.

"Although polls in recent months have shown some signs of growing optimism, that appears to have stalled," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "In January, 50 percent said the economy was in very poor shape; that figure dropped to 37 percent in April, but now it has risen slightly, to 41 percent."

"The prevailing view? We're in a stall," says CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider.

The poll suggests that when it comes to an economic recovery, Americans are in agreement with President Barack Obama. Discussing the economy last week at a news conference at the White House, Obama said "we're still not at actual recovery yet. So I anticipate that this is going to be a difficult, difficult year."

One in five questioned said the economic conditions in the country today are good, up nine points from March.
The economy remains the number-one issue on American minds, but that figure has dropped 12 points from March.
"When asked to name the most important issue besides the economy, Americans name health care, followed by the federal deficit and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan," adds Holland.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted Friday through Sunday, with 1,026 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


Filed under: Poll
July 2nd, 2009
05:19 AM ET
5 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Thursday, July 2, 2009

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CNN: U.S. launches 'major operation' in Afghanistan
U.S. troops have launched a "major operation" against Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials announced in Afghanistan early Thursday.

CNN: Obama assails 'scare tactics' by health care opponents
President Barack Obama used a town hall meeting Wednesday to urge Americans to reject what he called fear-mongering by those who oppose fixing the nation's ailing health care system this year.

CNN: White House releases staff salary list
Top-level staff members of the Obama White House earn the same amount as their predecessors in the Bush administration, according to a report submitted to Congress Wednesday. The president announced the pay freeze on his first full day in office for White House employees earning more than $100,000.

CNN: White House plans flu summit next week
CNN has learned that the Obama administration is planning to convene a "flu summit" next week to make preparations for the fall, as officials in Argentina declare a health emergency because 35 people have died in the Latin American nation from swine flu.

CNN: Call for Sanford resignation grows louder in South Carolina
South Carolina Republican Party Chairwoman Karen Floyd seemed to suggest Wednesday that the time had come for GOP Gov. Mark Sanford to consider resigning from office.

CNN: Release of CIA interrogation report delayed
The Justice Department has once again delayed the release of the CIA's internal investigation of its controversial interrogation and detention program.

NYT: Sotomayor’s Recusals Suggest Caution
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, a Supreme Court nominee, has recused herself at least 141 times since becoming a judge in 1992. In many of those cases, she has told Senate investigators, her withdrawals were prompted by simple reasons: one of the lawyers was a friend; a former law clerk was involved; or she had represented a party in private practice.

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